Stan Collymore: This is a real issue for Liverpool
The former Liverpool striker admits the Merseyside club have struggled with goalkeepers since Pepe Reina's exit
Stan Collymore has admitted the goalkeeper position has become a real issue for Liverpool in recent seasons.
Jurgen Klopp’s summer signing Loris Karius was at fault for two of Bournemouth’s goals in Liverpool’s 4-3 loss at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds signed the Germany Under-21 international in a £4.7m deal from Bundesliga side Mainz in the summer transfer window to provide Simon Mignolet with real competition.
The Belgium goalkeeper has been regularly criticised for his erratic performances over the past number of seasons since his £9m move to Liverpool from Sunderland in 2013.
However, former Liverpool striker Collymore doesn’t believe the Reds have failed to replace Pepe Reina since the Spain international’s departure.
“I do think the keepers are an issue and it’s an area where Liverpool haven’t really been strong since Pepe Reina, and possibly, possibly, Grobbelaar before that,” Collymore wrote in BoyleSports column.
“So it seems something of an achilles heel for the Reds which needs addressing pronto as Karius gifted the winner to Ake, where a better and more confident keeper makes the save and Liverpool at least go away with a point, a point that may be crucial at the end of the season.”
Liverpool are in third place in the Premier League table and four points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
The Reds have conceded 18 times in 14 games in the 2016-17 top-flight campaign so far.
The Merseyside outfit will host Slaven Bilic’s struggling West Ham United side in their next Premier League game at Anfield on Sunday.